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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition

    Bend, sew, touch, feel, read

    25, 26 July 2009
    Constant, foam, okno, nadine
    Brussels, Belgium

    To explore the possibilities of bringing electronics closer to bodies and plants we are organizing a workshop in which you will learn how to use textiles and electronics to interact with humans and plants.

    Human bodies and plants are not rigid, but flexible, soft and pliant. Computers, keyboards, mice and peripherals, all rigid, fixed, made from plastic or metal, will be objects for surgery in order to salvage parts that can made flexible. Activities could range from building gigantic felt push buttons, to obtaining information on how a leaf turns towards the sun, to integrating electronics into clothing. We will work with conductive and resistive textile, Arduino and all manner of electronic components.

    Participants will explore the relationship between body movements and feedback, getting to know the characteristics of fabric sensors and soft circuitry. The workshop will introduce conductive fabric traces, connections and the construction of fabric sensors to detect pressure, bend, tilt, stroke and position. These techniques will be combined to build custom wearable interfaces that can connect to a computer running a simple visualization application. We will discuss what movements of the body can be detected and how these can be mapped to control sound and visuals.

    Wendy, Sara, Naomi, Riek



    Sarah and Lina








    There was some processing/ Arduino sketches, and a max patch used during the workshop. You can download it from www.kobakant.at/downloads/code/BrusselsWS.zip
    ArduinoSend >> Arduino program that was uploaded to Lilypad/ Arduino to get 6 sensor inputs and send to computer via serial (USB) port. If you do not have Arduino but want to experiment more.. you can download Arduino environment from here >>Arduino.cc
    sensorRead>> Processing sketch that was used to receive data and draw a graph and ellipse (the example we were showing on projector). If you want to play more with processing, but do not have one, you can download it from here >>processing.org
    soundTrigger.maxpat>> small max patch that was used to receive sensor inputs and trigger sound for carpet project by Wendy, sara, Naomi and Riek. Unfortunately max/msp is not a free software, but you can still play around with it with runtime. Here is the link to download runtime>> http://www.cycling74.com/downloads/max5
    (make sure to install only runtime if you do not want to start the demo period)
    capac>> Arduino program Nik was working on to read capacity. Perhaps it is also interesting for other people?? Here is more information from Arduino site >>http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Main/CapSense

    Photos on Flickr

    >> Photos by Clementine

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